Name: Rachael Goddard
Date of birth: Two days after Christmas at the end of the 1960’s
Place of birth: West Yorkshire, England
Now living in: The coastal village of Raglan (west of Hamilton)
- What is your favourite food?
- Kumara, peas, Thai food, Indian food.
- Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
- At school it was ‘Horse’ and ‘Ratty’. Now it is ‘Gorgy’.
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
- Having a running race with my mother (when I was a child) and her wrap-around skirt blew off and down the beach. She didn’t notice and carried on running in her knickers.
- How do you relax?
- Walking on the wild and windy black sand beach at Raglan.
- Who inspired you when you were little?
- The singer Katie Bush and Wonder Woman.
- What were you like at school?
- Talkative and giggly. I got the strap for both of those things at primary school.
- What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
- Loved English and Biology. Loathed Mathematics.
- What was the book you most loved as a child?
- All of C.S. Lewis.
- Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
- Too many people perhaps Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf and Jane Goodall.
- Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
- Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl.
- Why did you want to be a writer?
- Because it is fun and enjoyable. As an adult writing children’s books I can get away with being silly and naughty.
- Do you have a special place where you write your books?
- Usually in my office at home, or sat in the garden.
- What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
- It’s easy and enjoyable, however you don’t make much income from it. You need another job to support writing normally.
- If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
- I already have another job as an environmental consultant. If I wasn’t doing that I would lecture at University.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
- Send your material to several publishers. It is common to get rejected. Keep trying.
This interview is from 2008.